Casper White, Jochen Klein

Kingsgate Workshops Trust and Project Space

18 May –  15 June 2019

Casper White is a portrait painter.  What does that actually mean?  Genre were those sub-divisions (principally within the domain of painting) – once hierarchical – and later serving as a given form within which a painter might operate or behave or move to challenge its conventions and parameters.

Paintings of people still talk to the long (perhaps the longest) tradition within painting.  But they can also talk to the mutability of identity; to the strange place of the studio; to those other spaces – the subject’s described surroundings; to dress, or attitude; to the relationship between light and paint matter; to the glory of youth, the gravitas of age and the hubris of posterity.  They talk about lust and longing and empathy and desire.  They speak of hope and of loss.  They cleave and interrogate the space between truth and fantasy.  They connect by means of a surrogate touch; they memorialise and they mourn.

Casper’s subjects are his friends and acquaintances.  Awarded the coveted NPG Travel Award in 2017 he took these friends to clubs in Berlin and Mallorca, drawing in – and subsequently making paintings of – ecstatic nights out, and accompanying them with tender pencil portraits of the slow and quiet mornings after.

Casper White, Jochen Klein
18 May –  15 June 2019
  PV Friday  17 May 2019 6 – 9pm


For the exhibition at Kingsgate Project Space the figure is all but gone.  But the touch; the kiss of light on fabric; the sense of an ending or a recently absented presence lingers.  In painted silk drapes, cut lighting gels and porcelain confetti, the close friend, the loved one, haunts the remnants from some extraordinary event – itself already transformed by memories.

Within this charged and potent environment hangs one painting by Jochen Klein (1967-1997).  An adolescent boy pulls his knee up to his chest as he sits on the threshold of a park or a forest space.  He looks directly out of the picture as his shoulder leans into the trunk of an autumnal silver birch. Aside from the figure and two trees, the rest of the picture dissolves into painting marks which hover on the edge of descriptive form.  Refusing to depict the particularity of that place, instead the spatters and pulls of the painter’s brush allow the whole scene to become engulfed in misty light that causes the image to feel both familiar and simultaneously confined to the status of a fragile remembrance.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Wolfgang Tillmans collection

Forthcoming -

Past -

Jochen Klein, Casper White
Kingsgate Project Space - London
18 May – 15 June2019

BP Portrait Award
National Portrait Gallery, London
14 June to 23 September 2018

Saatchi Gallery
28 September to 28 October 2018

BP Portrait Award
The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre
30 March 2019 - 26 June 2019

LLE @ Mission Gallery
28 July - 08 September 2018

Sluice Exchange Berlin 2018
PaintLounge Berlin is a gathering of painters from the UK and Germany who will exhibit and share a weekend of conversations about contemporary painting on weekend 16-19 November.
'and you danced'
Arusha Gallery - Edinburgh
12 April - 5 May 2019

Y Lle Celf
at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod

The Senedd, 
The National Assembly for Wale, Cardiff Bay
3-11 August 2018